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Playing for Love at Deep Haven by Katy Regnery: Book Review, Q&A and Giveaway

DeepHavenEbookCover-200x300Katy Regnery is one of my favorite authors for a lot of reasons. She is super interactive with her audience, which is a delight for readers and Fans of her writing. When I decided to start this blog, I knew my 1st review had to be of 1 of her books. I chose this book because we had a Read along [26/10- 2/11] for it on Katy’s Facebook group. With a dedicated event page, we discussed, swooned and fell in love with the characters and here is what I thought about it.

Book Details:

Title: Playing for Love at Deep Haven [PLADH]
Author: Katy Regnery
Year Published: January 8, 2014
Publisher: Katy Regnery; Yup she is a self published author & a fabulous one at that.
Format reviewed: eBook
Rating: 5 stars

Book Brief:
How would you feel or to be more accurate react, if you got a second chance at being with your First Love and a possibility of happily ever after. PLADH is one such story.
Zachariah and Violet fall in love at college but do not end up together. A decade later a lot has changed, Violet is a struggling writer and Zachariah is tired of his song writing gigs. Trying to catch a break from life they both end up in the same vacation house, needless to say they are surprised to see each other. Fate or sheer chance may have reunited them, but the rest is in their hands. What will they do with this chance?

My Thoughts:
The story has an ageless vibe to it & can happen to anyone of us. I loved that this story didn’t make life and love sound casual or easy. The characters go through emotions like vulnerability, doubt, trust issues, overwhelming love & lust, just like you and me would. The story shows that making a future with your love is no child’s play. It’s takes a lot of effort and emotional strength besides love for each other to make a future together. If you love someone and are loved back, that’s just the beginning. Making a life together is where your actual work begins and in the process you will learn a lot about yourself as well as the other person. On the way there will be hurdles, negative emotions, frustrations; there will also be a lot of love and high wire emotions running around. Overcoming these hurdles and negativity while holding on to precious love is a dance and it takes 2 to tango. Love is what makes you give someone a chance and move mountains for them, if you meet that someone make sure you do your 100% to make it happen.

The dynamic between Zachariah & Violet is intense; it left me emotionally exhausted and drained for a while. I was #TeamZachariah all the way as he had strong faith in his love. He accepted his mistakes, put up one hell of a fight to correct them even when Violet was unsure and not trusting.

Read this sweet, intense story and you will look at relationships a bit differently. If you are a rock music fan, you will love the music references; also, there is dreamy poetry in there. If you are ready to meet Zachariah and Violet, Visit Katy’s website and get to know her, her books and their buying links & other bookish fun things.

Writing: The writing was beautiful and Katy is such a talented writer. Every book of hers that I’ve read made me feel like I was a part of it; which makes reading her books fun & necessary for me. I have 8/20+ published books, I plan to get the rest too; that’s how much of a fan of her writing I am.

When I read the book & we discussed it on our Facebook group, I had a few Qs for Katy. She kindly agreed to answer them and generous as ever she has an eCopy of this book to Giveaway, details further below.

Q & A

Q. Any particular song that was stuck in your mind while writing PLADH
A. I actually had a pretty extensive playlist and it included a lot of the songs in the book: Riptide by Vance Joy, I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons, My, My Love by Joshua Radin and Stubborn Love by The Lumineers. When I wrote about Zach, I listened to Santeria by Sublime quite a bit to channel his character. And of course I listened to the acoustic guitar versions of “Clair de Lune” (Debussy) and Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens. The short answer is that there really wasn’t one song; I listened to a plethora of music as I wrote this book.

Q. Are you rock music fan, if so, do you have a favorite band?
A. I like some rock, but my favorite music genre is – like Violet – Folk. I love older folk troubadours like Joan Baez, John Denver and Bob Dylan. Their music is really lyric, you know? They chose beautiful words and melodies so their music isn’t just noise to my ears. Its poetry set to melody.

Q. Do you write poetry otherwise or you especially wrote for this story?
A. Hmm Good question. I have written poetry in the past, but not a lot. Certainly not enough to make a collection; that said I do like writing it occasionally. I especially like writing rhyming poetry which is likely looked-down upon in the poetry world the same way that romance is looked-down upon in the literary world. What can I say? I write for the masses. Not everyone is after a Pulitzer.

Q. What makes it worth for you to stick to writing, in spite of the hair pulling, frustrating, kill me already moments?
A. To be honest, I don’t have a ton of such moments. I have some tough deadlines from time to time, but that’s a writer’s life. I love writing. I love it so much. I’d probably still write stories even if no one ever read them, because I find it monumentally satisfying to write a romantic story from beginning to end. The true joy, however, is sharing that story and having it resonate for others. Having a reader tell me that a story touched their heart or changed their life! That puts gas in my tank for months.

Q. From all the stories you have ever written, is there a character which has impacted you in real life?
A. When I set out to write Asher Lee from The Vixen and the Vet, I didn’t realize how much of an impact he would have on my life. I didn’t know very much about wounded veterans–how they are treated in society, how they cope, the extensive surgeries they undergo to repair the damage. I didn’t start writing The Vixen and the Vet as a fundraiser. Halfway through the book, I felt this desperate need to give back in some small way, so I decided to give 50% of my gross profits to UCLA Operation Mend. I quickly decided to make all of my modern fairy tales fundraisers, and that has been incredibly rewarding. So, Yes, Asher Lee impacted my life in a very real way.

Giveaway: An eCopy of Playing for Love at Deep Haven

Giveaway will run for 2 weeks [4 – 17 November] 1 entry per person.

Steps to enter

1. Join Katy’s Facebook group – Katy’s Ladies
2. Follow @KatyRegnery and @bhaartic on Twitter
3. Leave a comment here with your favorite Katy book; if you haven’t read her books name your all time favorite book.
Lastly, don’t forget to mention your Facebook and twitter names in the comments to verify entries.

If you are planning to follow now and Un-follow after the giveaway ends; Please do not bother to enter. Genuine entries appreciated. Random name will be chosen from the entries.

Winner will be announced 18/11 on Katy’s Facebook group and tagged on Twitter. 48 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen.

A heartfelt Thank you to Katy and all the ladies on our Facebook group. My 1st blog post is extra special because of all of you.

Reviewed by Bharti
Do leave a comment to share your thoughts/feedback on my review and the book.



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18 thoughts on “Playing for Love at Deep Haven by Katy Regnery: Book Review, Q&A and Giveaway

  1. Loved this blog review–hard! PFLIDH has a special place in my heart and your review captured the beautiful essence of this soulful, bittersweet romance in such an eloquent way. And the interview with Katy was provocative and incredibly insightful!

    My fave Katy story: tie between The Vixen and the Vet (my first ever Katy story) and Never Let You Go


  2. I have to say my favorite book of Katy’s is Never Let You Go. I read the Vicen and the Vet and Never Let You Go back to back and after reading NLYG I came away from this one Emotional and drained. I loved it so much. I have yet read Playing for Love at Deep Haven, I’m giving the English Brothers my undivided attention right now. I’m definitely going to read this one too for sure.


  3. Great Q&A! Not sure how I missed this until now, but what a lovely blog design, it looks awesome, and I’m so impressed that you’ve ventured into book blogging.

    It’s so hard to decide on a favourite among Katy’s books… I’ll always have a soft spot for the Heart of Montana books because that’s how I discovered Katy, and my favourite of those is See Jane Fall. But I absolutely adore both The Vixen and the Vet and Playing for Love at Deep Haven. I suppose if I absolutely have to name just one, it’s The Vixen and the Vet, but… they’re all so good. And I can’t even begin to start choosing between the gentlemen of Blueberry Lane! ♥


  4. Great review. Already a Katy member on FB, a great group. My favourite book is Seduced by Stratton & Proposing to Preston.



  5. I haven’t read any of her books, but would love to now. Great review! My all time favorite book is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell. Congratulations on your blog!


  6. The Vixen and the Vet is my favorite. But I adore all of her books. I haven’t read this one yet. Im excited for the opportunity to read it.


  7. I love the look and content of your new blog Bharti! PLADH and Katy Regnery exemplify contemporary romance! Great choice to spotlight!


    1. Hi Sophie,

      Definitely one to discover. 1st in The English Brothers book – Breaking up with Barrett is free on Amazon, do check it out. Just comment here with your fav book and I will enter your name in the giveaway.
      Thanx xx


  8. Bharti,
    Congratulations and best of luck with your new venture! An inaugural interview with Katy Regnery–great get! She’s one of my favorite authors too. I really enjoyed Playing for Love at Deep Haven. I fell in love with Zach and Violet cheering for them from the beginning–Katy has a way of making her characters jump off the page, Zach and Violet are no exception. But my favorite Katy Regnery book is always the one I just finished. She spins magic, pulling in the reader, and making her fall in love with irresistible characters. Cameron Winslow and Margaret Story are my latest loves. The writing, as always, is fabulous and the heat between those two made my toes curl. So for now I’ll be faithful to Cam and Meggie, but I make no promises once Campaigning for Christopher hits the shelves.


    1. I agree Eva, Cameron ruled our hearts no doubt. With Chris just days away no promises and all bets are off. I am leaning towards Chris and Jules from the teasers so far.


  9. Bhakti,
    Kudos to you for getting the gumption to write a blog and going through with it. I wished I could have joined the book discussion but I was unavailable on those times. Maybe the next time there is one, I will make a special effort to participate. Since I am very tech-challenged (a self-confessed Luddite!) if you, or any one, can show me how to save your blog for me to follow…well, your blog will be the first one that I will be following. 🙂 (-:
    Another Katy Regnery enthusiast, Edith


    1. Hi and thankyou for the kind words. You can click on the Follow button, it is usually on the lower right hand corner, when you are on the Blog page. Enter your email Id there. Once done you will receive new Blog posts via email, too.
      Let me know how it goes.



  10. Bharti,
    Congratulations on starting your blog! And what better way than with Katy!!. I look forward to following your reviews and sharing your live of books.


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